18th March 2014

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Studio One CD reissue of The Heptones eponymous debut with three extra tracks - an extended alternative mix of Why Did You Leave (with additional backing vocals) and extended versions of Mama and Get In The Groove. Land Of Love is omitted.

Some of the vinyl reissues were notoriously badly pressed and/or overdubbed, so it is very welcome to hear the classic vocal harmonies in some clarity and without the distraction of clicks and pops or syndrums. However, although the sound quality is vastly improved, it is by no means perfect.

This album remains the best example of one of the great Jamaican harmony trios, and should find a place in every serious collection.

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Heptones (1995)

Studio One SOCD 9002

Fattie Fattie; Why Must I; Only Sixteen; Mama; The Best Things In Life; Gee Wee; I've Got A Feeling; Tripe Girl; Baby; Let's Fall In Love; Take A Tip From Me; Cry Baby Cry; Why Did You Leave; Get In The Groove